It was considerably different from how The Beatles had intended it to sound, however, as Capitol reconfigured its tracklisting to create a ‘folk rock’ album to please the US market. They added ‘I’ve Just Seen A Face’ and ‘It’s Only Love’ from Help!, and omitted ‘Drive My Car’, ‘Nowhere Man’, ‘What Goes On’, and ‘If I Needed Someone’.
Additionally, the stereo mix sent from England to the US had a false start at the beginning of ‘I’m Looking Through You’; this version can be heard on the box set The Capitol Albums Vol. 2, which also contains minor variations in ‘The Word’.
Rubber Soul was a huge hit with the American public, spending 59 weeks in the US charts from 25 December 1965. It topped the Billboard chart on 8 January 1966, and sold 1.2 million copies in its first nine days on sale.
Also on this day...
- 1971: US album release: Wild Life by Wings
- 1969: George Harrison live: Empire Theatre, Liverpool with Delaney & Bonnie
- 1969: Television: Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers on Frost On Saturday
- 1969: Television: 24 Hours: The World Of John And Yoko – day five
- 1966: Recording: Christmas radio messages, When I’m Sixty-Four
- 1965: UK EP release: The Beatles’ Million Sellers
- 1965: US single release: We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper
- 1962: Live: Club Django, Queen’s Hotel, Southport
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
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